Bilingual Storytime – Thursday, 11am – Pop in to the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University with kids ages 1-5 for an exciting story told in Spanish and English hosted by Durham County Library staff! Stay after the story for a hands-on arts and crafts opportunity!
Teen Jeopardy: Black History Month Edition – Thursday, 4pm – Stanford L. Warren Library staff lead a fun, challenge-filled game of Jeopardy focusing on the Civil Rights Movement and historical black leaders in honor of Black History Month. Teens will need to bring their best thinking cap!
The Ridge: A Journey of Durham History in Vintage Postcards – Thursday, 5-8pm; Saturday, 1pm – Come out to Horse & Buggy Press – And Friends for the opening reception of local historian John Schelp’s personal collection of more than 100 vintage Durham postcards on Thursday. The exhibit will be on the gallery’s north wall, and John will be on hand to share stories of Durham and the buildings depicted in these postcards. On Saturday, Feb. 24, John leads a guided talk about the collection, shares some local history and answers questions along the way.
Kate Clark Artist Lecture – Thursday, 6pm – The Brooklyn-based sculptor and artist leads this talk to discuss her work, “The Answer to Your Prayers,” featured at 21c Museum Hotel. The sculpture explores the connection between humanity and the natural world, and probes into the artificial differentiation between animal and human.
Silent Book Club – Thursday, 6:30pm – Feeling like a night out, but your reading list is too long? Come to The Pie Hole for drinks, desserts and developed characters! The meeting will start with a short mingle then people can break off on their own with any books they brought with them, or pick from a selection brought by Letters Bookshop.
Make Your Own Valentine Cards – Thursday, 6:30pm – Join Sandra Smith at South Regional Library to create beautiful, handmade Valentine’s cards. All materials provided! Come with creative ideas and leave with something handmade for your loved ones!
ComMotion at The Carrack – Thursday, 7pm – Join Rhythm Journey as they provide dance and movement classes free of charge! The mission here is to bring the joy of movement and dance to the community by offering classes and workshops, free of charge, to groups that can benefit from the physical and emotional benefits of dance and movement, but may not be able to afford them.
“Bad Jews” Opening Weekend – Thursday, 7pm – The Jewish Federation of Durham/Chapel Hill, in collaboration with A Big Wig Productions, presents the play by Joshua Harmon at the Levin Jewish Community Center. This dark comedy follows three millennial Jewish cousins as they attempt to find closure after the death of their “Poppy.” Not recommended for children younger than 15.
Carolina Lightnin’ – Thursday, 7pm – The Durham bluegrass will fill the night with folk and bluegrass tunes at The Blue Note Grill! A trio of talented bluegrass musicians, they have a vast repertoire of covers and original songs that you won’t want to miss!
Winter Series: “JANE” Film Screening – Thursday, 7:30pm – Full Frame Winter Series screens this documentary that details the accomplishments of famed animal researcher Jane Goodall, whose work revolutionized the relationship between humans and primates, at The Carolina Theatre. Drawing from more than 100 hours of never-before-seen footage from the National Geographic archives, director Brett Morgan tells the story of a passionate researcher, whose ideas challenged the male-dominated cannon of primatology, and changed the world forever.
Murs and 9th Wonder – Thursday, 8pm – Durham native 9th Wonder lays down the beats while underground rapper Murs performs his signature kinetic, narrative style at Motorco Music Hall. The duo are known for their rich collaborations; delivering introspective, yet soulful, personal explorations and social criticisms, packaged in infectious and eclectic rhythms that will get you on your feet. Presented as part of Duke Performances’ Hip-Hop Initiative.
Movie Screening: “Reality Bites” – Thursday, 8pm – The Pinhook hosts this free, all-ages screening of grunge 1994 hit movie “Reality Bites,” starring Winona Ryder, Janeane Garofalo, and Ben Stiller.
Winter Boutique Sale – Friday, 10am-7pm; Saturday, 10am-5pm – Dress for Success Triangle NC hosts this premier sale to help you find your perfect Valentine’s day outfit or other professional winter attire from a wide selection of winter suits, coats, sweaters, tops and dresses for prices as low as $5. Show up at The Shops at Northgate Mall at 9am, with a $20 tax-deductible donation, and enjoy an hour of crowd-free shopping as part of an early-bird special.
Meet the Author: Esther High – Friday, noon – The local author discusses the book she co-authored with her siblings, highlighting the history of her hometown church, “Small But Mighty: The Impact of a Little Country Church,” at North Regional Library.
Black Panther Comic Book Party – Friday, 4pm – Stanford L. Warren Library hosts this comic book party in anticipation of the release of Marvel superhero movie “Black Panther.” New graphic novels by author Ta-Nehisi Coates will be featured to provide background for the “Black Panther” film.
Beer Durham Annual Stout Party – Friday, 5pm – Beer Durham will be tapping several special stouts for their annual stout party! Featuring flight and draft specials, plus all Amendola Family Cigar Co. cigars are on sale; fill your growler and enjoy your own stout and cigar pairing at home.
Kids Night Out at the Clay Studio – Friday, 6:30pm – Kids ages 6-12 have the opportunity to complete and paint a piece of pottery that will be glazed and fired by the instructor, and available for pick up two to three weeks after the event. Held at the Clay Studio at Northgate Mall, parents can get a little shopping done while kids work with professional instructors.
The Sit-in Series – Friday, 7pm – Live music and fine art combine at The Carrack, raising donations for The Collins’ Brothers Endowment at North Carolina A&T. Directly support Historically Black Colleges and Universities by enjoying hip-hop and soul from local NC artists, and drinking Bull City beer!
KiDé – Friday, 7pm – Kia Bennett and Desiree Jordan, a soulful duo who perform original R&B, pop, and soul songs, take the stage at Beyú Caffé.
An Evening of Entertainment – Friday, 7:30pm – DPS Scholarship Foundation and Durham Public Schools present this annual fundraiser and musical workshop, as students perform in a professionally choreographed musical event, designed to demonstrate the incredible talent of young Durham artists! Come support students as they perform an array of choral and dance performances on DPAC’s award-winning stage!
Mozart and Bach: Music from Dresden – Friday, 7:30pm – As part of the 2018 NC HIP Music Festival, newly unearthed compositions by Bach and Mozart will be presented alongside a baroque string ensemble at the St. Stephens Episcopal Church.
‘The Mound Builders’ by Lanford Wilson – Friday & Saturday, 7:30pm; Sunday, 2:30pm – One of Lanford Wilson’s finest works performed by the Ward Theatre Company. Winner of the Obie Award, this play tackles issues that are still as relevant as when it came out in 1975, such as current gender hostilities in America.
Tim Warfield – Friday, 8pm – The famed saxophone player brings his talents to Baldwin Auditorium, where he will join the Duke Jazz Ensemble led by John Brown for a night of smooth and funky jazz.
H.C. McEntire – Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 6pm – NC band Mount Moriah frontwoman takes the stage solo for a two-night concert event at The Pinhook! With a desire to reclaim “country” music from the heteronormative, homogeneous pack of popular country, Heather’s music transcends description.
Boom Unit Mardi Gras Parade – Friday, 8pm – Boom Unit Brass Band and Paperhand Puppet Intervention kick off with a second line at 8pm from Major the Bull at CCB Plaza to The Bullpen, where the party continues at 8:30pm.
John Maus – Friday, 8pm – Synth-pop and punk rock shines through in the obscure and impassioned musings of John’s stage persona, and his ever-evolving sound keeps audiences on their toes. Known for his intensely emotional and spontaneous concerts, Maus’s performance at Motorco Music Hall is sure to surprise, confuse and engage.
Valentine’s Storytime at the Farmstand – Saturday, 9:30am – A cute event for toddlers and preschool-age children, join the staff at Funny Girl Farm as they read a selection of Valentine’s-themed books. Kids can decorate heart-shaped treats, roast marshmallows at the fire, and bring books to donate for Book Harvest, a local nonprofit that promotes children’s literacy.
Valentine’s Day Make N Take – Saturday, 10am-1pm – The Scrap Exchange hosts this special Valentine’s weekend arts-and-crafts event, where you and your family will be able to create your own special Valentine’s craft or card. Lots of materials will be available for crafting, and you can drop in at any time.
Bilingual Storytime – Saturday, 10:30am – Join staff at South Regional Library as they host a Korean/English storytime, complete with songs and games, for kids of all ages.
Slow Art Tour – Saturday, 11am – Gallery guide Maggie Griffin takes art appreciators on an hour-long tour of a single piece of art at Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. This contemplative talk will provide the opportunity to enjoy art at a different pace, and interact with art on an interpersonal level.
Free Chocolate Tasting – Saturday, noon – One World Market hosts this event where attendees will sample 20 different kinds of fair-trade chocolate from four different providers. Participants can even enter to win a year’s supply of chocolate!
Home Movie Day – Saturday, 2pm – Bring any and all your old 8mm, Super8mm, 16mm film, Video8/Hi8 video tape and VHS home movies to Southwest Regional Library to see them projected on the big screen. Any and all tapes are welcome, and attendees will have the opportunity to have their films digitized for free. This event, in honor of International Home Movie Day, hopes to celebrate amateur films and open discussion on film preservation!
Crafty NC! Quilling – Saturday, 2pm – North Regional Library hosts its monthly crafting event where you get the opportunity to try your hand at a new craft or art style. This month: Quilling. Those who attend will leave with their very own handmade paper craft.
Daddy Daughter Dance – Saturday, 5pm – Hosted by Durham Parks and Recreation, this is Dad’s chance to take his favorite girl(s) out for a fancy night of dancing and fun at I.R. Holmes Sr. Retirement Center. Music, cake and punch will be served. The young ladies will receive a keepsake photo and a special gift!
Viennese Ball – Saturday, 7pm – Are you ready to try out your waltz and polka? If not, dance lessons will be taking place all night at the Freeman Center for Jewish Life, as part of the Duke Wind Symphony‘s gala fundraiser. Make sure to dress formal, as this ball is a suit-and-tie affair.
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 8pm – Folk, country and rock music meet as singer, songwriter and two-time Grammy Award winner Jason Isbell takes the DPAC stage with accompanying band The 400 Unit to deliver songs from their new album, The Nashville Sound.
Jennifer Koh: Shared Madness – Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 3pm – Featuring work produced only by people the artist considers friends, the violinist will play 32 selections by composers such as Julia Wolfe and Philip Glass at the von der Hayden Studio Theater in the Rubenstein Arts Center in a Duke Performances concert. These solo performances will be unique and truly exhibit the power of a skilled musician.
Samedi Gras Saturday Bash – Saturday, 8-11pm – Durham Mardi Gras hosts a spectacular evening of music and dance at Old Murphey School to kick off their Mardi Gras events. Headlined by Durham parade band Bulltown Strutters and the wildly popular Carolina folk band Ellis Dyson and the Shambles, there will be a great dance floor, great food, great beer, all for only $12. Ryan Bethea of Oysters Carolina serves oysters he himself harvested at the NC coast this Saturday morning. In true New Orleans fashion, the group is giving away free red beans and rice to the first 100 people in the door. Better get there early!
Brazilian Carnaval Party – Saturday, 8pm – Motorco hosts a thrilling night of Brazilian music and dance with Caique Vidal and Batuque, Batalá Durham and NC Brazilian Arts Project.
Arlo Guthrie – Saturday, 8pm – Continuing the legacy of his father, Woody Guthrie, in his socially and politically driven songwriting, Arlo performs a collection of his classic songs at The Carolina Theatre.
Randall Bramblett – Saturday, 8pm – The singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist showcases his original soul and funk music at The Blue Note Grill. Fans of Tom Waits and William Burroughs will enjoy his deeply creative tales of drifters and outcasts.
Bull City Blues Band – Saturday, 8:30pm – Come out to The Bullpen to see the internationally renowned, four-piece Durham group. Remember, $1 from every draft pint sold benefits the Music Maker Relief Foundation.
Sweetheart Super Shop – Saturday, noon-5pm – This special Valentine’s event at Ponysaurus Brewing includes music, food and fun. ’90s love songs will be playing, and Pie Pushers pizza truck will be on hand. Featured artists include Alice Holleman, Paul Friedrich and more.
Valentine’s Weekend Jazz Concert – Sunday, 2-4pm – Romance is in the air at Baldwin Auditorium as the Duke Jazz Ensemble, North Carolina Central Jazz Ensemble and the UNC-Chapel Hill Jazz Ensemble stir up some love.
APS Cat Adoption Event – Sunday, 2pm – The Animal Protection Society of Durham holds its monthly cat adoption event at The Regulator Bookshop. Come hang out with all these furry felines and hopefully find a forever friend to adopt.
The Art of Musical Conversation – Sunday, 3pm – The Vivaldi Project, composed of expert musicians Allison Nyquist, Elizabeth Field and Stephanie Vial, will be joined by special guest Elisabeth Wright on the harpsichord at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church to present 18-century works by composers who explored different types of dialogue within their pieces.
5th Anniversary Party – Sunday, 3-7pm – Local concert and festival production company Sonic Pie Productions hosts this party in honor of its fifth year of booking and producing high-quality live music events. Sengalese-American Carrboro band Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba, as well as Larry Mangum and Will Perryman, perform live and Soigné Events provides the eats at The Rickhouse.
DSO Tribute to Langston Hughes & Ella Fitzgerald – Sunday, 4pm – Conductor William Henry Curry presents the debut of The Durham Symphony Swing Band with special guests Yolanda Rabun, Al Strong and Dasan Ahanu. Commemorating the 50th anniversary of his passing the event features selections from the poems and prose of one of the leaders of the Harlem Renaissance, Langston Hughes, plus selections from Ella Fitzgerald, at the Hayti Heritage Center.
Common Woman Cabaret: These Women are on Fire! – Sunday, 4:30pm – The individual talents of the Common Woman Chorus make this musical event a star showcase! Blues, Broadway, jazz, rock, folk, soul and a little comedy thrown in for good measure, this performance shines the spotlight on the individual talents of the singers who make up this community chorus.
Ann Arader – Sunday, 5pm – The artist returns to The Blue Note Grill stage with jazz and blues style classics, including hits from many classic artists, such as Annie Lennox, Aretha Franklin and Billie Holliday. A singer/songwriter all her life, Ann has been pursuing her passion for art around Durham for more than 25 years!
Valentine’s-ish Flight Night – Sunday, 6pm – The Parlour features four unique miniature desserts served on this night only! All desserts are gluten-free and flights are $13, but will only be served until they sell out, so get there soon!
ART FUNDS ART TOUR – Sunday, 7:30pm – This initiative, started by Sean Desiree of bell’s roar, is intended to raise money for artist grants and stipends for queer or trans artists of color. The organization hopes to reinforce solidarity within the movement and create affirming spaces for queer and trans artists of color, so show your support by coming down and bringing your friends!